His Dark Materials: Season 2 Reviews

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November 20, 2020
The improvements are everywhere, beginning with Lyra... Taking her out of her comfort zone and allowing her to view things with awe helps restore the wonder and magic the first season lacked.
November 18, 2020
"The City Of Magpies" is at its best when it's focused on Lyra.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 18, 2020
Thematically darkness and light are perfectly balanced as Jack Thorne shares conversations, shapes character dynamics and tees up emotional pay offs.
November 18, 2020
As much as I wish Season 2 found a way to narratively pull through, it's still as dark, mystical, and philosophically intriguing as Season 1 - so if you're a returning viewer, you'll probably like it. You just won't be wowed by it.
November 18, 2020
His Dark Materials feels grander and less cramped than before - finally living up to its epic fantasy ambitions it had from the beginning.
November 18, 2020
Jack Thorne's scriptwriting remains tack-sharp, and there was none of that B-standard stage-school acting you often get from middle-class English kids.
November 17, 2020
[The premiere] is a fun start, and the way both Lyra and Will bounce off each other, personality-wise, is an exciting thing to see so soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2020
It was Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter who ramped up the terror, using only ordinary household items. Icy and understated, a vision of evil in scarlet body-con.
November 16, 2020
For a story centered on the exploits of a frightened, isolated teenager, the show remains remarkably devoid of any sense of fear, excitement, or passion.
November 16, 2020
With so much time taken up with gabbing there was little left for the kind of spectacle that made the first series a hit.
November 16, 2020
[Though] it's timely and relevant in places, His Dark Materials season 2 can't shake off the feeling everything it attempts has been done better elsewhere before.
November 14, 2020
The action is picking up, the scope of the universes is expanding, and the stakes are becoming clearer ... With luck, this show just might find its soul yet.
November 11, 2020
The central children are brilliant and Jade Anouka a welcome addition as witch queen Ruta Skadi, but it's the baddies that really make this series -- still a horrible joy is Ruth Wilson as the ruthless, devious Mrs Coulter,
November 11, 2020
His Dark Materials finally feels as though it has found its groove in its second season. The series feels more lush, propulsive, and epic than it ever has before, with a tightly paced plot and characters we can actually care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.4/10
November 10, 2020
In its second season, His Dark Materials is a thrilling adventure. Not only does it improve and expand upon Season 1, it delves into new ideas and realities that make for a tauter, more exciting story.
November 9, 2020
This is the epic adventure we all needed during 2020. If you missed the first season, go back and binge it now because His Dark Materials second season is ready to blow you away.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 9, 2020
Actress Ruth Wilson is at her scene-stealing best with a performance that's both seductive and chilling.
November 9, 2020
It's functional above all else, then, but [the premiere] is nonetheless an excellent introduction to the new characters, new worlds, and new ideas that'll hopefully come to define this sophomore outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 9, 2020
Witches, spectres, angels... there's always been something weird and difficult about His Dark Materials, whose setting is so richly fantastical, but also intercuts with our own world.
November 9, 2020
It's hard to imagine any teenage fan of fantasy adventure, raised on Star Wars and superhero movies, sitting through even ten minutes of this coalescing sludge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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